the world's most visited architecture website

Clover House / Toru Kudo + architecture WORKSHOP

  • Architects: Toru Kudo + architecture WORKSHOP
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Design Team: Toru Kudo, KohKitayama, Yukiko Yamamoto
  • Structural Engineer: EJIRI Structural Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineer: Sou Consultants
  • Area: 671.13 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano

From the architect. This is a housing complex that consists of two owner-occupied units and seven leased units. An unusual residential district in a metropolitan area, there are no buildings adjacent to the island-like site. The architecture here was conceived as a freestanding object with a standard leasing plan, and an exterior shape defined by daylight and setback regulations.

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

While open toward the surroundings, off-the-shelf perforated folded sheets were used as a screen over the whole facade to mediate the residential spaces, making a moderately closed, protective residence. While containing residences through which soft light passes, it retains the impression of a simple exterior: architecture as scenery. The name "clover house" was chosen due to the plan being divided into three towers.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite:"Clover House / Toru Kudo + architecture WORKSHOP" 03 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>